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Madrid System for International Registration

The Madrid system for the international registration of marks (the Madrid system) established in 1891 functions under the Madrid Agreement (1891), and the Madrid Protocol (1989). It is administered by the International Bureau of WIPO located in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Madrid system offers a trademark owner the possibility to have his/her trademark protected in several countries by simply filing one application directly with his/her own national or regional trademark office (members of the Madrid Union available in PDF). An international mark so registered is equivalent to an application or a registration of the same mark effected directly in each of the countries designated by the applicant. If the trademark office of a designated country does not refuse protection within a specified period, the protection of the mark is the same as if it had been registered by that Office. The Madrid system also simplifies management of the mark since it is possible to record subsequent changes or to renew the registration through a single procedural step.

Last Modified: December 5th, 2009